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Online Travel Auctions Provide A First-Class Vacation Experience On A Budget
If you haven't discovered the online travel auction site SkyAuction yet, you have to check it out. Similar to other online travel auction sites like eBay, at SkyAuction you're bidding on airfare, cruises, resort stays, tickets to shows and gift certificates at restaurants. With a little practice, you can become a SkyAuction expert and know exactly how to get the best deals at this ultra-cool online travel auction site. Get started here!
What is a super value on SkyAuction for one person may be a complete waste for another person. You must carefully read all of the conditions before placing your bid at SkyAuction. Check for blackout dates, expiry dates, last date to check-in and last date to check-out, seasonal or weekend surcharges, taxes and fees, single supplements and more. Even if you're purchasing a travel product for your holiday that is 6 months away, you will need to pay for it immediately upon winning your auction.
For previous SkyAuction auction winners... - Will you be a repeat customer?
Nothing speaks of quality better than loyalty! If you've bid on travel online with SkyAuction and won before, will you be using them again? Are you a longtime SkyAuction customer? Let us know here!
Will you be using SkyAuction again?
SkyAuction Customer Service - Travel Insurance, Email Support and more..
Travel is a product that is extremely difficult to control because there are so many aspects. There is the actual research and booking of your trip, purchasing travel insurance (if you choose to do so), transportation to your destination (air or rail generally), your hotel - cruise - entertainment, etc... Generally the travel provider you purchased your trip through is held responsible for every aspect of the trip (tall order!).
Every time I've used SkyAuction I've had exemplary customer service.Most recently, while submitting travel dates for an auction I won, I listed in the 'comments' section that my husband and I (along with our 4 children) would be staying in the room. The next day, SkyAuction phoned me back to say the number of people for the room exceeded the acceptable occupancy. I explained to the customer service rep I had booked the resort as a "staycation" for my family so the kids could go swimming for the weekend. It was very important that all of us go. The service rep said she would phone the property directly and see if our number of guests was acceptable. I asked what my options would be if we couldn't get something worked out. The rep reassured me that SkyAuction would likely extend the valid redemption period for my auction or else issue me a credit to put towards another auction. In the end, SkyAuction phoned me back to say the resort would rent an additional room at the rate won in the auction (to satisfy the occupancy issue) and there would be no additional fees. We ended up having a WONDERFUL weekend. I won this auction in October and redeemed it in December (over the kids' winter break) two weeks before we wanted to use the room. In case you have something that goes wrong, here are some of your options.
- Skyblog note about emails
SkyAuction uses email support heavily. Here's a tip taken from their "SkyBlog" about how to get your email answered quicker. Hint - refer to your account number, membername or trip itinerary identifier!
Earning credit at SkyAuction?
Get $5 in SkyCash for each referral you send
I wish I would've known about this offer sooner - I should visit SkyAuction more often myself! In this SkyAuction "SkyBlog" entry from March 26, 2008, terry from SkyAuction has posted in the "tips" section that you can receive $5 in SkyCash for each referral you make to SkyAuction. Hmmm.....
Extensive SkyAuction.com feedback at other sites - View the good and the bad around the internet
What has everyone been saying about SkyAuction.com? Get a complete view over the years of feedback on SkyAuction. It's not all good, but most travel providers will have some unsatisfied customers (I worked as a travel agent for years and couldn't tell you a travel company that I didn't hear complaints about!). The thing is to LEARN from others bad experiences. Honestly, we haven't personally had a bad experience with them yet.
- SkyAuction.com feedback from... eBay
SkyAuction.com used to sell products on eBay, however "they" are no longer a registered user. These reviews date from between 2001 and 2003 and provide good historical data on the company.
A good historical thread about SkyAuction, circa 2002. Please pay attention to this board's rules - they frown upon posting to an older thread such as this. If you'd like to contribute to the discussion of SkyAuction at flyertalk.com, register at the
A review website that covers all types of products, including other websites and travel products. See what its users have to say about SkyAuction.
- Luxury Link
Posted on Luxury Link's forum itself, forum users compare the travel auction sites Luxury Link, SkyAuction.com and Andrew Harper. These reviews are all from seasoned travelers and are very civil and friendly. If you want some honest criticism and pra
- BootsNAll Travel
A discussion from 2007 about the additional fees associated with hotel offerings at SkyAuction.com
- Epinions Reviews of SkyAuction
You'll see people who love SkyAuction and people who think they're guilty of highway robbery. Most of the complaints stem from a lack of ability to change dates (travel industry norm) and upgrade fees as well as lack of stated availability and outrig
- Honeymoon Remorse
A story from a blogger about how she dutifully made honeymoon plans well in advance (even booking airfare through SkyAuction), and then changed her mind on the location! While she got a good deal on her SkyAuction airfare, see how successful she was
Stay At "Your Choice of Resort"
Surf & Turf, Room & Board, Home & Away, Land & Seafood, Sea & Shore, Steak & Stay, etc...
All of those offers for "your choice of resort" allow you to stay in comforts that time-share owners pay a fortune for at a sliver of the regular cost. The caveat - there are no guarantees on availability. Those deals are strictly what is available. For that reason, they are not good choices for you if: you're travelling during a "peak" travel season for your destination, your dates are inflexible, or you have specific requirements as far as city or location. However, if (for example) you'd like to getaway during the autumn to somewhere in the Great Smoky Mountains, or during the spring to Colorado and are flexible, this is a steal! Read more about the "Surf & Turf", "Room & Board", and other types of deals like this below.
I need somewhere for this weekend though!
Is SkyAuction OK for last-minute travel?
SkyAuction is ideal for last-minute travel. You just have to choose the right options! Look for specific properties with a specific check in date. These will usually be for availability in the upcoming weekend or week. If you see something like "7 nts in a 2 bdrm suite at the Summer Bay Resort in Kissimmee, FL for February 8, 2008" you can be assured you will have your accomodation on that date if you win the auction. We booked a suite the night before we needed it. After paying and confirming with the hotel (by telephone), we were ready to go!
Eating Out For Less At Home or on Vacation
Get discounts at restaurants with SkyAuction
Getting there and having somewhere to stay are an important part of your vacation. They are just a PART of your vacation though. An equally memorable and important facet to your holiday will be sampling the local cuisine and getting a taste for the flavor of the area. SkyAuction can help you make this more affordable as well. If you're lucky enough to live in a 'tourist destination', you may want to use SkyAuction for a discount at some of the restaurants in your own backyard.
What Restaurants Are Available?
I'm interested in a deal, but I want to like the food too!
I've just noticed - I've got some work to do!!! SkyAuction has listed many new restaurants to their roster. I'll be updating this section over the next few weeks!
SkyAuction tends to offer the same restaurants for different areas. Usual restaurants you can buy discounted gift certificates for are as follows:
Nationwide USA - Yard House Restaurants
Alameda, CA (USA) - Commodore Events
Albany, NY (USA) - Envy Lounge, Pearl Restaurant & Lounge
Albuquerque, NM (USA) - Kelly's Brew Pub, Scalo
Alexandria, VA (USA) - Great American Steak & Buffet, RT's Restaurant, Warehouse Bar & Grill, The Wharf
Alpharetta, GA (USA) - Ray's Killer Creek
Anaheim, CA (USA) - Anaheim White House
Ann Arbor, MI (USA) - Arbor Brewing Company
Anna Maria, FL (USA) - Sandbar Restaurant
Atlanta, GA (USA) - Antica Posta, Atmoshphere Bistro, Baraonda Caffe Italiano, Bazzaar, Chequers Seafood Grill, Chopstix, Dolce Enoteca Ristorante, Enoteca Carbonari, Fado's Irish Pub & Restaurant, Fritti Restaurant, Geisha House, Joel Restaurant, Max Lager's Wood Fired Grill & Brewery, Ray's In The City, Ten Pin Alley
Aurora, CO (USA) - Sonoda's Sushi & Seafood
Austin, TX (USA) - Austin Land & Cattle Co. Restaurant
Bal Harbour, FL (USA) - Bal Harbour Bistro
Beverly Hills, CA (USA) - Kate Mantilini, Coupa Cafe, Mastro's Steak House
Bradenton Beach, FL (USA) - Beachhouse Restaurant
Brea, CA (USA) - The Yard House
Boca Raton, FL (USA) - Taverna Kyma
Boston, MA (USA) - The Daily Catch
Cambridge, MA (USA) - John Harvard's Brew House
Catoosa, OK (USA) - Molly's Landing
Charlotte, NC (USA) - Aquavina, Mickey & Mooch
Chicago, IL (USA) - La Cantina Enoteca, Odyssey Dinner Cruises, The Parthenon, Pizano's Pizza & Pasta, Salpicon, The Village, Vivere
Chino Hills, CA (USA) - The Yard House
College Park, GA (USA) - The Feed Store
Coral Gables, FL (USA) - The Yard House
Costa Mesa, CA (USA) - Mastro's Steak House, The Yard House
Creve Couer, MO (USA) - Bristol Bar & Grill
Dallas, TX (USA) - The Boardroom, Il Sole Restaurant & Wine Bar, Mi Piaci Ristorante Italiano
Denver, CO (USA) - Sonoda's Sushi & Seafood
Des Moines, IA (USA) - Splash Seafood Bar & Grill
Edgewater, MD (USA) - Yellowfin Steak & Fish House
Englewood, CO (USA) - Sonoda's Sushi & Seafood
Fairfield, CT (USA) - Spice 'n Ice
Falls Church, VA (USA) - Great American Buffet
Flowery Branch, GA (USA) - Flowery Branch Yacht Club Restaurant
Framingham, MA (USA) - John Harvard's Brew House
Ft. Lauderdale, FL (USA) - Tropical Acres Restaurant
Ft. Myers, FL (USA) - Origami Fort Myers
Glendale, AZ (USA) - The Yard house
Glenview, IL (USA) - Pizano's Pizza & Pasta, The Yard House
Grand Rapids, MI (USA) - Louis Benton Steak House
Hilton Head Island, SC (USA) - Divino
Hoboken, NJ (USA) - Frankie & Johnnie's Steakhouse
Hollywood, FL (USA) - Giorgio's Grill, Taverna Opa
Huntersville, NC (USA) - Mickey & Mooch
Huntsville, AL (USA) - Dolce Enoteca Ristorante, Ketchup, Rare 120
Indianapolis, IN (USA) - Dunaway's
Indian Shores, FL (USA) - Salt Rock Grill
Irvine, CA (USA) - The Yard House
Kansas City, KS (USA) - The Yard House
Kona, HI (USA) - The Fish Hopper Seafood & Steaks
Knoxville, TN (USA) - Great American Steak & Buffet
Lakewood, CO (USA) - The Yard House
Laurel, MD (USA) - Red Sky Steak & Fishhouse
La Jolla, CA (USA) - Crab Catcher Restaurant & Seaside Grill
Las Vegas, NV (USA) - Big Dog's Draft House, Churrascaria Pampas Brazilian Grille, Rare 120, The Yard House
Leawood, KS (USA) - Bristol Bar & Grill
Little Rock, AK (USA) - Bene Vita
Long Beach, CA (USA) - Christie's Ristorante, The Yard House
Longboat Key, FL (USA) - MarVista Dockside Restaurant & Pub
Los Angeles, CA (USA) - Bella Cucina Italiana, Dolce Enoteca Ristorante, Delphi Greek Restaurant, Geisha House, Ketchup, Les Deux, The Yard House
Manassas, VA (USA) - Great American Buffet
Maitland, FL (USA) - Antonio's La Fiamma Ristorante
Marina Del Rey, CA (USA) - Uncle Darrow's, Wharo Korean BBQ
Miami, FL (USA) - Enoteca Sardinia Ristorante, The Fifth Nightclub (South Beach), Novecento Restaurant, Sardinia Ristorante (Miami Beach), Tantra Restaurant & Lounge (Miami Beach)
Milwaukee, WI (USA) - Rip Tide, Old German Beer Hall
Monterey, CA (USA) - The Fish Hopper Seafood & Steaks, Old Fisherman's Grotto
Myrtle Beach, SC (USA) - Great American Steak & Buffet
Naples, FL (USA) - Randy's Fishmarket Restaurant
Nashville, TN (USA) - Valentino's Ristorante
New Hope, PA (USA) - Triumph Brewing Company
New Orleans, LA (USA) - Crescent City Brewing, GW Fins, Sake Cafe Uptown
New York, NY (USA) - AOC Bedford, Battery Gardens, Delmonico's, Etcetera Etcetera, Frankie & Johnnie's Steakhouse, Giovanni's Atrium, Heartland Brewery, The Mansion Restaurant, Mendy's Kosher Deli, San Martin Restaurant, Vice Versa, Vladabar Lounge
Newport, KY (USA) - HofBrauHaus Newport
Newport Beach, CA (USA) - Mastro's Ocean Club Fish House, The Yard House
Norcross, GA (USA) - Hi Life Kitchen & Cocktails
O'Fallon, MO (USA) - Bristol Bar & Grill
Omaha, NE (USA) - Upstream Brewing Co.
Orlando, FL (USA) - Ran-Getsu of Tokyo, Salt Island Restaurant
Palm Beach Gardens, FL (USA) - Carmine's La Trattoria Restaurant & Pizzeria, Noche, Ocean Grill, The Yard House
Pasadena, CA (USA) - The Yard House
Philadelphia, PA (USA) - Cavanaugh's River Deck, Karma Restaurant & Bar, Konak Restaurant, Las Cazuelas, Le Castagne, Triumph Brewing Company
Phoenix, AZ (USA) - The Yard House
Pittsburgh, PA (USA) - The Church Brew Works, The Original Fish Market
Princeton, NJ (USA) - Triumph Brewing Company
Raleigh, NC (USA) - Nina's Restaurant
Rancho Cucamonga, CA (USA) - The Yard House
Rancho Mirage, CA (USA) - The Yard House
Reno, NV (USA) - Dolce Enoteca Ristorante
Roswell, GA (USA) - Aqua Blue Restaurant & Bar
Riverside, CA (USA) - The Yard House
Rye, Ny (USA) - Frankie & Johnnie's Steakhouse
Sacramento, CA (USA) - Brew It Up!
Scottsdale, AZ (USA) - Drinkwater's City Hall Steakhouse, Mastro's Ocean Club Fish House, Mastro's Steak House
St. Louis, MO (USA) - Morgan Street Brewery
Salt Lake City, UT (USA) - Bangkok Thai, Tuscany
San Antonio, TX (USA) - Pepe's Restaurante Mexicano
San Diego, CA (USA) - Blue Point Coastal Cuisine, Cocina D. Sanchez, The Yard House
San Francisco, CA (USA) - Bar None, Belden Taverna, Brindisi Cucina, Butterfly San Francisco, Cafe Tiramisu, Harry Denton's Starlight Room, Local Kitchen & Wine Merchant, Masa's Restaurant, Mas Sake, Medjool Restaurant / Lounge, Nectar Wine Lounge, Oola Restaurant & Bar, Pier 23 Cafe, Roti Indian Bistro, Shanghai 1930, Sinbad's Pier 2 Restaurant, Wunder Brewing Co.
San Jose, CA (USA) - Arcadia Steakhouse, Le Papillon Restaurant, Tied House Cafe & Brewery
Santa Fe, NM (USA) - osteria d'assissi
Santa Monica, CA (USA) - Locanda del Lago
Scottsdale, AZ (USA) - The Yard House
Seattle, WA (USA) - Eastlake Bar & Grill, Greenlake Bar & Grill, Kells Irish Restaurant & Pub, Southlake Grill
Seymour, CT (USA) - Carousel Gardens
Spanish Fort, AL (USA) - Felix's Fish Camp Grill
Spokane, WA (USA) - Italian Kitchen
Stinson Beach, CA (USA) - Stinson Beach Grill
Tampa, FL (USA) - Donatello Italian Restaurant
Temecula, CA (USA) - The Yard House
Thousand Oaks, CA (USA) - Mastro's Steak House
Tucson, AZ (USA) - Bluefin Seafood Bistro, Kingfisher Bar & Grill
Venice, CA (USA) - Primitivo Wine Bistro
Virginia Beach, VA (USA) - Lynnhaven
Waikiki, HI (USA) - The Yard House
Walnut Creek, CA (USA) - Prima Ristorante
Washington, DC (USA) - Dolce Enoteca Ristorante, Kaz Sushi Bistro, Ketchup, Teatro Goldoni
Save on Entertainment
Comedy Clubs, Theatre, Theme Parks, Events and More
SkyAuction has recently started auctioning admission tickets for comedy clubs, theatre productions, theme parks, city cruises and other sources of entertainment. Plan ahead and bid on some of these to make your upcoming vacation more affordable, or also to try a "staycation" at home!
Atlanta, GA (USA) - Funny Farm Comedy Club
Baltimore, MD - Babe Ruth Birth Place & Museum / Sports Legends Museum
Bessemer, AL (USA) - Alabama Adventure
Boca Raton, FL (USA) - New York Comedy Club
Chatanooga, TN (USA) - Lookout Mountain
Chicago, IL (USA) - Odyssea Dinner Cruises
Clementon, NJ - Clementon Park Splash World
Denver, CO (USA) - Elitch Gardens
Gilroy, CA (USA) - Gilroy Gardens
Great Neck, NY - Angels Medi Spa
Hollywood, FL (USA) - Improv Comedy Club
Jackson, NJ (USA) - Six Flags Great Adventure Amusement Park & Hurricane Harbor
Marina Del Ray, CA (USA) - Crown Pacific Cruises (party cruise or Catalina Island)
Miami, FL (USA) - Improv Comedy Club
Monterey, CA (USA) - Monterey Bay Aquarium
New York, NY (USA) - Comic Strip Live, Jena Wellness Center, New York Water Taxi
Newport, RI (USA) - Access Tours, Bird's Eye View Helicopters Mansion Tour, Captain Mike's Baywatch Cruises
Oakland, CA (USA) - Metropolitan Golf Links
Orlando, FL (USA) - Gatorland Park, SAK Comedy Club
Puerto Plata (Dominican Republic) - Ocean World Adventure Park Marina & Casino
San Diego, CA (USA) - San Diego Double-Decker Day & Night Tours & Harbor Cruise
San Francisco, CA (USA) - iFly Indoor Sky Diving, San Francisco Double-Decker Tours
Seattle, WA (USA) - Seattle Sun Tan
Springfield, MA (USA) - Six Flags New England
Toronto (Canada) - Robin Barker Hair'sociates
West Palm Beach, FL (USA) - Improv Comedy Club
Youngstown, OH (USA) - Funny Farm Comedy Club
Some Tips On How To Be A Successful SkyAuction Bidder - What To Watch For Before You Place Your Bid
- Start bidding at SkyAuction!
The only way to become a successful bidder is to start bidding! It doesn't cost anything to register at SkyAuction.com. Just be sure to remember, know which product is the most suitable for you and understand that once you place a bid it is non-retra
- Weeks World
Weeksworld.com is the other site you can use to reserve the resort portion of your "Surf & Turf", "Room & Board" or "Home & Away" certificate. You must have your certificate (FedEx'd to you by SkyAuction after you win the auction) in orde
- Getaway Weeks
Getawayweeks.com is one of the sites you can use to reserve the resort portion of your "Surf & Turf", "Room & Board" or "Home & Away" certificate. You must have your certificate (FedEx'd to you by SkyAuction after you win the auction) in
Buy Your Travel on eBay
The internet's biggest auction also sells travel.
I have never personally used eBay for travel auctions. I am mentioning it here though as I've just found out that you can order travel products through eBay. I'll be researching this venue for purchasing travel products online and perhaps creating a new lens soon (or adding to this one!)
Squidoo Affiliations - I'm a member!
Have you won any SkyAuction.com auctions and made use of your vacation values? What did you think? Here is the place to let us know your experience...
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